CRANBERRY, Pa. | For the second straight night at the USHL Fall Classic, the Sioux City Musketeers had a skater score a hat trick.
Sampo Ranta scored the last two of his three goals in the second period. However, it wasn’t enough as the Muskegon Lumberjacks posted a 5-4 overtime triumph Friday night at Dick’s Sporting Goods Rink.
Wyatt Bongiovanni needed only 18 seconds to score in the extra stanza for the Lumberjacks, who on Thursday night, fell 7-6 in overtime to Team USA. Emilio Petterson, a native of Manglerud, Norway, capped a 1-goal, 2-assist night as he threaded the scoring pass to Bongiovanni, a three-year USHL veteran who played for Des Moines in the 2015-16 season, then for Tri-City last season.
Ranta enjoyed the same kind of scoring success as his fellow Finland countryman, Samuel Salonen, who scored all three of Sioux City’s goals in Thursday night’s 3-2 win over Cedar Rapids. Rookie forward Parker Ford assisted on each of Ranta’s goals, giving him five in preseason play, where Coach Luke Strand’s squad finished with a 2-2-1 record.
Salonen extended his scoring streak to three games when he tallied a power play goal off assists from Matt Fawcett and first-round Phase II Draft pick Martin Pospisil to give the Musketeers a 4-1 lead. Pospisil, incidentally, is the younger brother of Kristian Pospisil, whose combined 54 points last season included five goals and nine assists in the team’s Clark Cup Playoff run.
Petterson had a goal and an assist in Muskegon’s three-goal third period. His assist on Montgomery Graham’s power-play goal with 5:22 left in regulation tied the game 4-4.
Matt Jurusik had 31 saves in the first three periods for the Musketeers. Bongiovanni’s goal came against Gabe Vinal.
Sioux City will open the 2017-18 season this Saturday at Fargo. The Musketeers’ home opener will be the following Saturday against Sioux Falls.